If your children are taking part in Halloween traditions this year, you may be worried about whether trick-or-treating, parties, or even candy consumption will put your child at risk of injury. Luckily, following a few tips can ensure a safe Halloween for everyone.
Trick-or-Treater Tips for a Safe Halloween
Kids often tend to forget safety rules amid the excitement of candy collecting and dressing up with friends. With that in mind trick-or-treaters should always remember to:
- Follow the rules of the road, and only cross the street at crosswalks
- Wear reflective clothing somewhere on your costume, if possible
- Go door-to-door only in residential areas that welcome visitors
- Stay in a group
- Decide with an adult where you will be going and what time you will be home
Tips for Drivers
Perhaps the greatest danger to trick-or-treaters are any motorists who happen to be out and about. Driving through a residential area on Halloween will more than likely put you face-to-face with children anxious to cross the street.
Always remember to drive slowly and cautiously. Watch for people standing on curbs or in medians, and try to anticipate their actions. It isn’t unlikely that an overzealous 12-year-old lagging behind his group of friends might dart out in front of your car when you least expect it. Overall, plan to travel slower than normal.
Tips for Parents
Parents are the first line of defense for keeping children safe on Halloween. Establishing ground rules for the evening—such as who the child will be with, where they will go, and what time they will be home—can eliminate a host of problems later in the evening.
It’s almost a cliché, but before any candy is consumed, a parent should thoroughly check it to make sure it has not been tampered with. While the great majority of Halloween candy should be safe, children are better off letting an adult check out their loot before they dig in.
Driving on Halloween
Statistics show that children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year, and it’s estimated that about half of these car accidents are caused by drunk driving. This Halloween, don’t let your decision to drink cause a tragedy. Always designate a non-drinking driver to ensure everyone gets home safely. Be sure to choose your designated driver well in advance and before anyone begins drinking.
Keep a list of taxis, car services, or shuttles on hand in case your plans change with your designated driver. Write these services down or add them to your phone so you’re sure to arrive home safely in the event of a plan change.